Cookbook:Beer-can Chicken

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Beer-can Chicken
CategoryChicken recipes
Time1⅛-2 hours

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  1. Poke holes all over chicken to let fat run out during cooking.
  2. Rub chicken thoroughly with spice rub: inside and out, and then under skin as far as you can reach
  3. Set aside chicken.
  4. Remove upper racks from oven.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  6. When oven preheated, take a healthy drink of the beer, leaving about 9–10 ounces.
  7. Crumble bay leaves into beer, in beer can.
  8. Insert beer can firmly into chicken cavity.
  9. Place chicken upright in shallow heatproof pan.
  10. Bake chicken upright for 1–1.5 hours until thickest part is 165°F (73°C).
  11. When removing chicken from oven, keep upright.
  12. Rest chicken upright 15 minutes before removing beer can.

Notes, tips, and variations

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  • A disposable drip pan will save you a lot of cleanup (and a lot of flares on the outdoor grill).
  • This is really best on a charcoal grill, on medium heat.